On the Radar (August 2022) – Billboard
Each month, Billboard Latin editors will feature a small group of new or relatively unknown artists whose music we love. Think “diamonds in the rough” or “diamonds in the rough”. They’re up-and-comers who haven’t yet had an impact on mainstream audiences – but whose music we’re passionate about and think our readers should make a point of discovering.
Check out our recommendations this month:
Last name: Dekko
Why should they be on your radar: Sometimes I let Spotify take the wheel and on one of those occasions I ran into Dekko with his 2021 track “12X3”. After hearing the song sporadically, I was finally drawn to its musical style: a reggae-dancehall-urban fusion that’s cool, infectious, enjoyable and very refreshing. Dekko is a Colombian singer-songwriter with a scruffy look and messy dirty blonde hair, but with a sweet raspy voice that immediately captivates you – as evidenced by tracks like “El Cielo Se Me Cayo”, “BFF” and Byemalandra. Dekko recently won the Promise award at the 2022 Heat Latin Music Awards, further proving that he’s someone to watch. — JESSICA ROIZ
Song for your playlist: “12X3”
Last name: Mariangela Guerrera
Why should they be on your radar: You’ve probably listened to her smooth, melodic voice on her TikTok and Instagram reels, where she does numerous covers. While parading one day on social networks, I was captivated by his cover of “Cama y Mesa” by Roberto Carlos. She is a 20-year-old singer-songwriter from Monterrey with a unique way of interpreting and conveying feelings through her songs, with a very charming and angelic voice. More recently, Mariangela released her new single “Soñarte”, a dreamy pop fusion track she composed after losing her father’s best friend when he was young, which later became personal to her. — INGRID FAJARDO
Song for your playlist: “Sonarte”
Last name: Lili Zetina
Why should they be on your radar: Lili Zetina can be considered an anomaly in Latin music. As one of the few female corrido singers, the Los Angeles-based Mexican-born singer-songwriter has carved out a niche for herself in the male-dominated Mexican music subgenre. Her journey has not been easy, “being a woman who sings corridos, the humiliation is still as strong as when I started,” Zetina previously said. Billboard. But she still persevered and her lyrics are as raw and direct as they are in real life. Her corridos tell of her humble beginnings, but she can also get romantic with ballads about love, as is the case with her latest single “De Besito En Besito.” Zetina will be part of the Women on the Rise panel at this year’s Latin Music Week in Miami. —GRISELDA FLORES
Song for your playlist: “From besito to besito”
Last name: Sael
Why should they be on your radar: One of the things that first catches my eye when it comes to discovering new artists is their chosen artist name – and that’s how I met Sael and decided to press play. Not only is his name short and cool, but his music is just as awesome. Few people may know that this rising Argentinian artist is the mastermind behind Mariah Angeliq’s hit “Perreito.” Few people also know that he first started making EDM beats before embracing the Latin urban space, and is signed to Sky Rompiendo’s Black Koi Entertainment label. Now the Argentinian songwriter and producer is coming to the fore as an artist with his avant-garde reggaetón and R&B tracks and soulful vocals. If his collaborations with Feid, Manuel Turizo, Duki and Mau y Ricky, among many others, are any indication, Sael is definitely one to watch. — J.R.
Song for your playlist: “Verified”